Rootsy Gospel Artist
Songwriter of Mary Did You Know
Buddy Greene brings a wide variety of southern Americana influences to his music to create a unique musical hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues. In addition to his solid reputation as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Buddy has established himself as one of Nashville's finest harmonica stylists. His live concerts are equal parts hymn sing, jam session, church house revival, and journey through his own musical history.
Growing up in Macon, GA, amid its antebellum mansions, sultry summers, southern cooking and deep-south music culture, Buddy spent his childhood learning folk songs on the ukulele and soon advanced to acoustic guitar, immersing himself in popular music mainstays of the time such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Motown. Their infectious beat and familiar nods to roots music fueled Buddy's intense interest in the deeper historical origins of country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues music that is represented in his music today.
In 1991, Buddy collaborated with Mark Lowry to write Mary, Did You Know?, which quickly became a modern-day Christmas standard, with recordings by superstars such as Kenny Rogers & Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, Christopher Parkening & Kathleen Battle, Natalie Cole, Reba McEntire, Clay Aiken, Gary Chapman, and countless others. Other songs penned by Buddy and recorded by other artists include He Is (Ashley Cleveland), Fall Down Children (The Whites) and Recovering Pharisee (Del McCoury).
For his 2002 release, "RUFUS", Buddy invited an all-star cast of players and singers for an in-studio pickin' party. Bluegrass, blues, old-time Gospel, even The Beatles, all got into the mix. Buddy recalls, " I just wanted to have fun with some really talented friends, play a bunch of old and new songs I never get tired of playing, and remember why I ever wanted to be a musician in the first place." "RUFUS" was named one of the Top 10 Bluegrass recordings of 2002 by the Chicago Tribune.
Since the release of "RUFUS", Buddy has been able to expand his audience with appearances at music clubs, such as The Bluebird Café and The Station Inn in Nashville, and at music festivals, such as the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, and MerleFest in North Carolina. For the past 7 years (2003–2009), the legendary Doc Watson, has personally invited Buddy to perform at this prestigious event.
In 2003 Buddy released Hymns & Prayer Songs, an acoustic, eclectic celebration of the music of the church. Instead of the traditional piano and organ setting, you'll hear updated arrangements on instruments such as acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, and, of course, harmonica.
A Few More Years was released in the fall of 2009. As a result of his father's death, the death of other close friends, and his mother's journey through Alzheimer's, he says "music has been a great gift to me during this time as I've recalled, discovered, and uncovered songs that have helped carry the gospel to my aching heart. This collection represents just some of those gospel carriers that have worked to sustain me and my loved ones through this difficult season".
Buddy and his wife, Vicki, live in Brentwood, TN and have two daughters. They are founding members of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN.
"Buddy is one of those gentle, sweet spirits that invades the room with the presence of Christ. He is what Christian music should be.|Lastly, he's one of my dearest friends."
"Buddy Greene is one of my best friends. I love watching Buddy live life -- he does it with grace, gusto and gratitude. Then he brings that Joy to the stage as one of the best communicators I know. You will be blessed!"
-Mark Lowry -Singer / songwriter / guitarist / harmonica player
"Buddy Greene has absorbed a remarkable range of country, bluegrass and black and white gospel influences to produce a compellingly rootsy vision of what "inspirational music" really means.
"When I saw you last fall at the Riverbluff festival, I recognized something that I didnt even know I was looking for in you and your way of delivering your musical energy -- its the "guerilla worship" thing, of praising God in such a natural and joyful and winsome way that nobody listening suspects that anythings afoot -- its so radically different from a normal, traditional, ritualized "worship service," that the Spirit, and people, can then operate and respond in an enormous degree of freedom, which is, I suspect, what God had in mind to begin with, before we got ahold of His beautiful stuff and turned it into a bunch of dead ceremonies. Music really is -- or could be, and probably should be -- the key to releasing the good stuff. I see it as no accident that David, in addition to being a shepherd, warrior, king and earthly ancestor of our Lord, was also a great musician and songwriter."
"The moment one meets Buddy Greene, a relationship begins. His gentle and easy-going personality puts one at ease and he has the gift to bring out the best in a person and in an audience. His passion is to proclaim the love of Christ through conversation, song and having fun. He is one who has experienced and is thankful for a second chance at life. Hes never forgotten how God reached down and changed his direction. Buddy connects easily with audiences and has ministered many times to women at Win-Some Women Retreats on Mackinac Island, MI at Grand Hotel. In my role as music coordinator of Win-Some Women Retreats, I found Buddy to be a refreshing, highly accomplished musician who connects with women and shares in his own unique way the good news of Salvation in Christ."